We came up with our new feature ’24 Hours in…’ as a way of featuring the best spots in any given place, picked by local experts with an in-depth knowledge of their city. If you’re looking for the best taproom, restaurant, or simply for something cool to do, then our ‘guides’ will have you covered.
We chose Copenhagen native Nanna Guldbaek for our first feature; make sure you check out Nanna’s picks if you’re in CPH for the Mikkeller Beer Celebration Copenhagen this weekend, if you’re visiting in the future, or simply passing through one day.
Nanna Guldbaek is the Art Director of Norwegian brewery Lervig, a freelance product and graphic designer, and student, as well as being a badass beer drinker. Oh, and she knows Copenhagen’s beer scene like the back of her very talented hand.
Brewery or Taproom (or both..)
Brus is To Øl’s bar, brewery and taproom in Nørrebro, and I’ve always loved the atmosphere in the place. First of all, it’s a beautiful venue – you can sit or stand in the middle of the room, or find a cosy spot in the corner. I like to go there on my own in the daytime to sit and do a bit of work, or go with friends in the evening. They also have the best bar snacks in town.
If we’re talking cocktails, then I like to go to The Barking Dog in Nørrebro, or Liedkoeb in Vesterbro. Both places serve great cocktails; I like the atmosphere best at barking dog – but Liedkoeb’s whiskey is next level.
Another place worth mentioning could be Vela on Vesterbro, a lesbian bar, where I’d go with my colleagues from Mikkeller Vesterbro after closing the bar, to play table football. Because I used to work at Mikkeller Vesterbro, I also tend to go there quite regularly during the day. Check out the bottle list if you go.
A Bite to Eat
Neighbourhood does pizza in a hip Scandinavian way, I guess (plus everything’s organic); it’s one of my favorite places. You can’t book a table, you just show up, but if you don’t want to wait, be there before 18:30.
Otherwise, the meatpacking district just around the corner – lots of great places. [Editor’s note: cough, Warpigs, cough].
My favourite place for coffee is Cub, in central Copenhagen, which is a tiny space hidden in a basement. Many of their customers are regulars from the local area, and the barista already knows exactly what they want before they order. The bun with cheese is also always a winner! I know they have also a place in Amager, which should be just as nice.
I visit the Design Museum regularly. Their permanent exhibit of Danish chairs is great, and they always have something new on. Otherwise, there are loads of great galleries around the city; V1 are currently displaying Rose Eken, a Danish artist who makes these amazingly detailed ceramic everyday objects.
The botanical garden, is worth a visit, and is free. Bring a lunch and enjoy it on the grass, and go through the greenhouses.
Go on a boat tour to see all the ‘must-see’ touristy stuff. Take the yellow ones (Nettobådene), they’re the cheapest. My friends and I always bring wine, champagne, or beer and snacks with us. Make sure you’re there early to get the good open spaces at the back.